I Love Bugs! Toddler Lap Time, 8/2/13
This story time has become a source of annoyance more than anything else. Friday afternoon used to be a popular time slot with parents, but it isn't this year, and almost every week, only one or two children have shown up. Thankfully, this story time is winding down and will not be offered after August 23, but in the meantime, I don't really look forward to it or enjoy it that much. In any case, there were three kids at this session, and we read and sang about bugs.
Book: Beetle Bop by Denise Fleming
This book is long and not much happens, and it does not engage toddlers the way I thought it would. Denise Fleming is so hit or miss for me!
Rhyme: Creep Your Beetles (based on Dance Your Fingers)
This was a last-minute addition that popped into my head as I was preparing. It wasn't that much of a hit with the kids, but the grown-ups did it with me twice through.
Rhyme with Puppet: Ladybug, Ladybug
Song with Puppet: Buzzing Buzzing Bumblebee
Book: Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! by Bob Barner
This is one of my favorite books, and the kids seemed into it, even though they were mostly climbing the steps and ignoring me.
Rhyme: Two Little Fireflies
I really like this rhyme. I want to remember it for my larger groups.
Song: Itsy Bitsy Spider
Book: I Like Bugs by Margaret Wise Brown
This was one book too many, but I was at a loss as to what to do with the kids at this point. Somehow they are all less distracted when there are more kids.
Songs with Butterflies:
Song: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Song: Row Row Row Your Boat
Rhyme: This is Big Big Big
I use the same hello and goodbye songs at almost every session. Click here for the tunes and words. For descriptions of each of my story times, click here.